MALT Lymphoma


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  • Chromosome 18
  • Chromosome Aberrations
  • Sequence Deletion
  • Gene Expression Profiling
  • Nucleic Acid Regulatory Sequences
  • FBXO11
  • Gene Rearrangement
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • B-Cell Lymphoma
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Base Sequence
  • FOXP1
  • Eye Cancer
  • Trisomy
  • NF-kappa B
  • Oncogene Fusion Proteins
  • MYD88
  • Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma
  • Immunoglobulin Variable Region
  • Signal Transducing Adaptor Proteins
  • Chromosome 11
  • FISH
  • Mutation
  • Helicobacter Infections
  • Sequence Alignment
  • MALT Lymphoma
  • BIRC3
  • BCL10
  • Helicobacter pylori and cancer
  • Translocation
  • Chromosome 14
  • Immunoglobulin Heavy Chains
  • Cancer DNA
  • Transcription
  • DNA Mutational Analysis
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • MALT1
  • Caspases
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • BCL2
  • p53 Protein
  • Cancer Gene Expression Regulation
  • Risk Factors
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Transcription Factors
  • Neoplasm Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-bcl-6
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Mutated Genes and Abnormal Protein Expression (13)

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IGH 14q32.33 IGD1, IGH@, IGHJ, IGHV, IGHD@, IGHJ@, IGHV@, IGH.1@, IGHDY1 -IGH and MALT Lymphoma
BCL2 18q21.3 Bcl-2, PPP1R50 -BCL2 and MALT Lymphoma
FOXP1 3p14.1 MFH, QRF1, 12CC4, hFKH1B, HSPC215 -FOXP1 and MALT Lymphoma
TNFAIP3 6q23 A20, OTUD7C, TNFA1P2 -TNFAIP3 and MALT Lymphoma
TP53 17p13.1 P53, BCC7, LFS1, TRP53 -TP53 and MALT Lymphoma
CD79A 19q13.2 IGA, MB-1 -CD79A and MALT Lymphoma
MYD88 3p22 MYD88D -MYD88 and MALT Lymphoma
CARD11 7p22 PPBL, BENTA, BIMP3, IMD11, CARMA1 -CARD11 and MALT Lymphoma
BIRC3 11q22.2 AIP1, API2, MIHC, CIAP2, HAIP1, HIAP1, MALT2, RNF49, c-IAP2 Translocation
-t(11;18)(q21;q21) MALT1-API2 in MALT lymphomas
-BIRC3 and MALT Lymphoma
IGK 2p12 IGK@ -IGK and MALT Lymphoma
FBXO11 2p16.3 UBR6, VIT1, FBX11, PRMT9, UG063H01 -FBXO11 and MALT Lymphoma
MALT1 18q21 MLT, MLT1, IMD12 Translocation
-t(11;18)(q21;q21) MALT1-API2 in MALT lymphomas
BCL10 1p22 CLAP, mE10, CIPER, IMD37, c-E10, CARMEN Translocation
-t(1;14)(p22;q32) in MALT B cell lymphoma

Note: list is not exhaustive. Number of papers are based on searches of PubMed (click on topic title for arbitrary criteria used).

Latest Publications

Fernández C, Bellosillo B, Ferraro M, et al.
MicroRNAs 142-3p, miR-155 and miR-203 Are Deregulated in Gastric MALT Lymphomas Compared to Chronic Gastritis.
Cancer Genomics Proteomics. 2017; 14(1):75-82 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Over the last years, our knowledge on pathogenesis of gastric MALT lymphoma has greatly improved, but its morphological diagnosis is still hampered by overlapping histological features with advanced chronic gastritis. MicroRNAs are deregulated in lymphomas, but their role and usefulness in gastric MALT lymphoma has not been extensively investigated.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed the expression of 384 miRNAs using TaqMan microRNA assay in a training series of 10 gastric MALT lymphomas, 3 chronic gastritis and 2 reactive lymph nodes. Then, significantly deregulated miRNAs were individually assessed by real-time PCR in a validation series of 16 gastric MALT lymphomas and 12 chronic gastritis.
RESULTS: Gastric MALT lymphoma is characterized by a specific miRNA expression profile. Among the differentially expressed miRNAs, a significant overexpression of miR-142-3p and miR-155 and down-regulation of miR-203 was observed in gastric MALT lymphoma when compared to chronic gastritis.
CONCLUSION: miR-142-3p, miR-155 and miR-203 expression levels might be helpful biomarkers for the differential diagnosis between gastric MALT lymphomas and chronic gastritis.

Vasilatou D, Sioulas AD, Pappa V, et al.
The role of miRNAs and epigenetic mechanisms in primary gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma.
Future Oncol. 2016; 12(13):1587-93 [PubMed] Related Publications
Gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma is a rare low-grade B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma associated with Helicobacter pylori infection and the subsequent chronic inflammation. Significant progress in understanding the pathogenesis of the disease has already been made. However, the exact molecular pathways of lymphomagenesis remain unclear. Furthermore, difficulties regarding accurate diagnosis of gastric MALT lymphoma and its discrimination from gastritis or other lymphoma subtypes arise. Recent studies evaluate the role of miRNAs and epigenetic alterations on MALT lymphoma pathogenesis and prognosis. This review critically summarizes the most important data on the role of miRNAs and epigenetics in MALT lymphomas pathogenesis, prognosis and treatment.

Jelic TM, Huang TW, Brenholz P, et al.
Nodal Marginal Zone Large B-Cell Lymphoma with Burkitt Translocation and Complex Chromosomal Changes Associated with Overexpression of BCL2, MYC, and BCL6.
J Clin Exp Hematop. 2015; 55(3):175-80 [PubMed] Related Publications
We report the first case of a nodal marginal zone large B-cell lymphoma and the first with MYC rearrangement. This high proliferation rate lymphoma (40% of cells) occurred in the bilateral cervical, axillary, and para-aortic lymph nodes of an 82 year old woman. It involved extensively her bone marrow, and was lethal. Malignant B-cells were CD10 negative, harbored Burkitt translocation, and multiple chromosomal changes including trisomies of chromosomes 3 and 18, and three copies of 8q with an intact q24 cytoband (in addition to MYC rearrangement), associated with overexpression of BCL6, BCL2, and MYC respectively. We suggest that in aggressive nodular marginal zone lymphomas (clinical picture or high proliferation rate of lymphoma cells), fluorescence in situ hybridization analysis for MYC rearrangement, with break-apart probe, and for MYC/IGH translocation, in addition to chromosome analysis, should be performed. MYC rearrangement associated with a more rapid progression of the neoplasia, might warrant a more aggressive treatment.

Bikos V, Karypidou M, Stalika E, et al.
An Immunogenetic Signature of Ongoing Antigen Interactions in Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma Expressing IGHV1-2*04 Receptors.
Clin Cancer Res. 2016; 22(8):2032-40 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Prompted by the extensive biases in the immunoglobulin (IG) gene repertoire of splenic marginal-zone lymphoma (SMZL), supporting antigen selection in SMZL ontogeny, we sought to investigate whether antigen involvement is also relevant post-transformation.
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We conducted a large-scale subcloning study of the IG rearrangements of 40 SMZL cases aimed at assessing intraclonal diversification (ID) due to ongoing somatic hypermutation (SHM).
RESULTS: ID was identified in 17 of 21 (81%) rearrangements using the immunoglobulin heavy variable (IGHV)1-2*04 gene versus 8 of 19 (40%) rearrangements utilizing other IGHV genes (P= 0.001). ID was also evident in most analyzed IG light chain gene rearrangements, albeit was more limited compared with IG heavy chains. Identical sequence changes were shared by subclones from different patients utilizing the IGHV1-2*04 gene, confirming restricted ongoing SHM profiles. Non-IGHV1-2*04 cases displayed both a lower number of ongoing SHMs and a lack of shared mutations (per group of cases utilizing the same IGHV gene).
CONCLUSIONS: These findings support ongoing antigen involvement in a sizable portion of SMZL and further argue that IGHV1-2*04 SMZL may represent a distinct molecular subtype of the disease.

Peveling-Oberhag J, Wolters F, Döring C, et al.
Whole exome sequencing of microdissected splenic marginal zone lymphoma: a study to discover novel tumor-specific mutations.
BMC Cancer. 2015; 15:773 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
BACKGROUND: Splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL) is an indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and represents the most common primary malignancy of the spleen. Its precise molecular pathogenesis is still unknown and specific molecular markers for diagnosis or possible targets for causal therapies are lacking.
METHODS: We performed whole exome sequencing (WES) and copy number analysis from laser-microdissected tumor cells of two primary SMZL discovery cases. Selected somatic single nucleotide variants (SNVs) were analyzed using pyrosequencing and Sanger sequencing in an independent validation cohort.
RESULTS: Overall, 25 nonsynonymous somatic SNVs were identified, including known mutations in the NOTCH2 and MYD88 genes. Twenty-three of the mutations have not been associated with SMZL before. Many of these seem to be subclonal. Screening of 24 additional SMZL for mutations at the same positions found mutated in the WES approach revealed no recurrence of mutations for ZNF608 and PDE10A, whereas the MYD88 L265P missense mutation was identified in 15% of cases. An analysis of the NOTCH2 PEST domain and the whole coding region of the transcription factor SMYD1 in eight cases identified no additional case with a NOTCH2 mutation, but two additional cases with SMYD1 alterations.
CONCLUSIONS: In this first WES approach from microdissected SMZL tissue we confirmed known mutations and discovered new somatic variants. Recurrence of MYD88 mutations in SMZL was validated, but NOTCH2 PEST domain mutations were relatively rare (10 % of cases). Recurrent mutations in the transcription factor SMYD1 have not been described in SMZL before and warrant further investigation.

Choung H, Kim YA, Kim N, et al.
Clinicopathologic Study of Chromosomal Aberrations in Ocular Adnexal Lymphomas of Korean Patients.
Korean J Ophthalmol. 2015; 29(5):285-93 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
PURPOSE: The incidence and clinical correlation of MALT1 translocation and chromosomal numerical aberrations in Korean patients with ocular adnexal mucosa associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma have not yet been reported. We investigated the incidence and clinicopathologic relationship of these chromosomal aberrations in ocular adnexal MALT lymphomas in a Korean population.
METHODS: Thirty ocular adnexal MALT lymphomas were investigated for the t(11;18) API2-MALT1, t(14;18) IgH-MALT1 translocations and chromosomes 3 and 18 aneuploidies using fluorescence in situ hybridization. Patient medical records were reviewed retrospectively for information on demographics and clinical characteristics, including treatment response.
RESULTS: The MALT1 gene rearrangement was found in one out of 30 cases. The t(14;18) IgH-MALT1 translocation was demonstrated in only one case (3.3%), and the t(11;18) API2-MALT1 translocation was not found in any of the cases. Trisomy 3 was observed in three ocular adnexal MALT lymphomas (10.0%), and five cases showed trisomy 18 (16.7%). Translocation positive cases also showed trisomy 18. One case of tumor relapse showed trisomy 18 only in the recurrent biopsies. There were no statistically significant correlations between chromosomal aberrations and clinical characteristics and treatment responses.
CONCLUSIONS: Translocations involving the MALT1 gene are not common in Korean ocular adnexal MALT lymphomas. The t(14;18) translocation was detected in only one out of 30 cases, and the t(11;18) translocation was not found at all. Furthermore, the chromosomal aberrations found in this study had no prognostic implications.

Swerdlow SH, Kuzu I, Dogan A, et al.
The many faces of small B cell lymphomas with plasmacytic differentiation and the contribution of MYD88 testing.
Virchows Arch. 2016; 468(3):259-75 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Plasmacytic differentiation may occur in almost all small B cell lymphomas (SBLs), although it varies from being uniformly present (as in lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (LPL)) to very uncommon (as in mantle cell lymphomas (MCLs)). The discovery of MYD88 L265P mutations in the vast majority of LPLs has had a major impact on the study of these lymphomas. Review of the cases contributed to the 2014 European Association for Haematopathology/Society for Hematopathology slide workshop illustrated how mutational testing has helped refine the diagnostic criteria for LPL, emphasizing the importance of identifying a clonal monotonous lymphoplasmacytic population and highlighting how LPL can still be diagnosed with extensive nodal architectural effacement, very subtle plasmacytic differentiation, follicular colonization, or uncommon phenotypes such as CD5 or CD10 expression. MYD88 L265P mutations were found in 11/11 LPL cases versus only 2 of 28 other SBLs included in its differential diagnosis. Mutational testing also helped to exclude other cases that would have been considered LPL in the past. The workshop also highlighted how plasmacytic differentiation can occur in chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma, follicular lymphoma, SOX11 negative MCL, and particularly in marginal zone lymphomas, all of which can cause diagnostic confusion with LPL. The cases also highlighted the difficulty in distinguishing lymphomas with marked plasmacytic differentiation from plasma cell neoplasms. Some SBLs with plasmacytic differentiation can be associated with amyloid, other immunoglobulin deposition, or crystal-storing histiocytosis, which may obscure the underlying neoplasm. Finally, although generally indolent, LPL may transform, with the workshop cases suggesting a role for TP53 abnormalities.

Dzhulakian UL, Biderman BV, Gemdzhian EG, et al.
[Molecular analysis of immunoglobulin genes in the tumor B cells in splenic marginal zone lymphoma].
Ter Arkh. 2015; 87(7):58-63 [PubMed] Related Publications
AIM: To determine the immunoglobulin variable heavy chain (gVH) genes and their somatic mutations and to compare these data with the clinical and laboratory parameters of patients and the outcomes of the disease.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The investigation enrolled 24 patients (9 men and 15 women whose age was 32 to 77 years (median age, 60 years) with splenic marginal zone B-cell lymphoma (SMZBCL). The latter was diagnosed on the basis of histological and immunohistochemical examinations of a bone marrow trephine biopsy specimen, immunophenotyping of peripheral lymphoid cells or bone marrow aspirates.
RESULTS: The mutational status of the IgVH genes was analyzed in all the 24 patients. It was found that the tumor cells contained mutated IgVH genes (the VH1-family genes participated in most cases) in 15 (62.5%) patients with SMZBCL and unmutated ones in 9 (37.5%). There was a tendency towards more common tumor progression in patients with unmutated IgVH genes than in those with mutated ones.
CONCLUSION: The presence of SMZBCL cases with both mutated and unmutated IgVH genes and the higher frequency of the VH1-2 gene are likely to indicate the molecular heterogeneity of the origin of this lymphoma.

Hachmann J, Salvesen GS
The Paracaspase MALT1.
Biochimie. 2016; 122:324-38 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
The human paracaspase MALT1 is a caspase homolog that plays a central role in NF-κB signaling. Over the past few years it has become clear that this is due to a combination of its scaffolding and proteolytic function. Knockout mice and mice expressing a catalytically dead variant of the protease have provided valuable information. This review aims to provide an overview of recent developments regarding the enzymatic mechanism and specificity of MALT1, its substrates discovered to date, different mouse models, as well as the role of MALT1 in NF-κB signaling downstream of a variety of different receptors.

Takahashi H, Usui Y, Ueda S, et al.
Genome-Wide Analysis of Ocular Adnexal Lymphoproliferative Disorders Using High-Resolution Single Nucleotide Polymorphism Array.
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2015; 56(6):4156-65 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: We identified the genomic signature of ocular adnexal lymphoproliferative disorders (LPDs), especially ocular adnexal mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma, IgG4-related ophthalmic disease (IgG4-ROD), reactive lymphoid hyperplasia (RLH), and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).
METHODS: We included 52 subjects with ocular adnexal LPDs (13 orbital MALT lymphomas, 16 conjunctival MALT lymphomas, 13 IgG4-RODs, 4 RLHs, and 6 DLBCLs) who had been treated at the Tokyo Medical University Hospital from 2008 to 2012. Genomic DNA was extracted from the tumor tissues and subjected to high-resolution single nucleotide polymorphism array (SNP-A) karyotyping using GeneChip Human Mapping 250K SNP arrays. The array data were investigated using Copy Number Analysis for GeneChips (CNAG) software.
RESULTS: In ocular adnexal MALT lymphomas, the most frequent copy number (CN) gain region was trisomy 3 detected in 31% (9/29), followed by trisomy 18 in 17% (5/29), and 6p and 21q in 14% (4/29). The most frequent CN loss regions were 6q and 9p, detected in 7% (2/29). Uniparental disomy was detected on 6q in 14% (4/29), followed by 3q in 10% (3/29). Copy number variations (CNVs) were not detected in IgG4-RODs and RLHs. Conversely, CNVs were more frequent in DLBCLs than in ocular adnexal MALT lymphomas. Copy number variations were detected in 77% (10/13) of orbital MALT lymphomas and in 67% (11/16) of conjunctival MALT lymphomas.
CONCLUSIONS: High-resolution single nucleotide polymorphism array is a useful method for discriminating ocular adnexal lymphomas from benign LPDs. The differences in the chromosomal abnormality patterns may reflect the activity of ocular adnexal LPDs.

Ansell SM
DNA methylation in lymphoma: an opportunity?
Blood. 2015; 125(12):1848-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
Epigenetic mechanisms, including DNA methylation, play an important role in not only the development and maturation of normal cells, but also the development and progression of malignant cells. In this edition of Blood, Arribas et al show that DNA methylation profiling identifies 2 subtypes of splenic marginal zone lymphoma with different clinical and genetic features. These findings provide an opportunity to better understand the biology of marginal zone lymphoma and optimize therapy by using demethylating agents to reverse the high-methylation phenotype and thereby target malignant B cells.

Parry M, Rose-Zerilli MJ, Ljungström V, et al.
Genetics and Prognostication in Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma: Revelations from Deep Sequencing.
Clin Cancer Res. 2015; 21(18):4174-83 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
PURPOSE: Mounting evidence supports the clinical significance of gene mutations and immunogenetic features in common mature B-cell malignancies.
EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We undertook a detailed characterization of the genetic background of splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL), using targeted resequencing and explored potential clinical implications in a multinational cohort of 175 patients with SMZL.
RESULTS: We identified recurrent mutations in TP53 (16%), KLF2 (12%), NOTCH2 (10%), TNFAIP3 (7%), MLL2 (11%), MYD88 (7%), and ARID1A (6%), all genes known to be targeted by somatic mutation in SMZL. KLF2 mutations were early, clonal events, enriched in patients with del(7q) and IGHV1-2*04 B-cell receptor immunoglobulins, and were associated with a short median time to first treatment (0.12 vs. 1.11 years; P = 0.01). In multivariate analysis, mutations in NOTCH2 [HR, 2.12; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.02-4.4; P = 0.044] and 100% germline IGHV gene identity (HR, 2.19; 95% CI, 1.05-4.55; P = 0.036) were independent markers of short time to first treatment, whereas TP53 mutations were an independent marker of short overall survival (HR, 2.36; 95 % CI, 1.08-5.2; P = 0.03).
CONCLUSIONS: We identify key associations between gene mutations and clinical outcome, demonstrating for the first time that NOTCH2 and TP53 gene mutations are independent markers of reduced treatment-free and overall survival, respectively.

Martinez-Lopez A, Curiel-Olmo S, Mollejo M, et al.
MYD88 (L265P) somatic mutation in marginal zone B-cell lymphoma.
Am J Surg Pathol. 2015; 39(5):644-51 [PubMed] Related Publications
MYD88 L265P is a somatic mutation that has been identified in about 90% of Waldenström macroglobulinemia/lymphoplasmacytic lymphomas (LPLs). It has also been detected in a subset of marginal zone lymphoma (MZL) cases, but the frequency and clinical and histologic features of these mutated MZL cases has only been partially characterized. We have developed a customized TaqMan allele-specific polymerase chain reaction for sensitive detection of this mutation in paraffin-embedded tissue. We analyzed samples from 19 patients with LPL, 88 patients with splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL), 8 patients with nodal marginal zone lymphoma (NMZL), 21 patients with extranodal mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT), and 2 patients with B-cell lymphoma not otherwise specified. By integrating mutational, histologic, and clinical data, 5 cases were reclassified as LPL. After reclassification, MYD88 L265P was detected in 13/86 (15%) SMZL and in 19/24 LPL (79%) cases. The mutation was absent from NMZL and MALT cases. A strong correlation was found between the presence of an IgM monoclonal paraproteinemia and the MYD88 L265P mutation (P<0.0001). SMZL cases positive for MYD88 L265P were also associated with monoclonal IgM paraproteinemia (4/13 cases; P<0.0283), although with less serum paraproteinemia. They also had a higher frequency of plasmacytic differentiation (9/13) but with no correlation between the presence of mutation and of light chain-restricted plasma cells in tissue. Demonstration of the MYD88 L265 mutation is a valuable tool for the diagnosis of LPL, although some SMZL cases carrying the mutation do not fulfill the diagnostic criteria for LPL.

Aqil B, Merritt BY, Elghetany MT, et al.
Childhood nodal marginal zone lymphoma with unusual clinicopathologic and cytogenetic features for the pediatric variant: a case report.
Pediatr Dev Pathol. 2015 Mar-Apr; 18(2):167-71 [PubMed] Related Publications
Nodal marginal zone lymphoma (NMZL) is a B-cell lymphoma that shares morphologic and immunophenotypic features with extranodal and splenic marginal zone lymphomas but lacks extranodal or splenic involvement at presentation. NMZL occurs mostly in adults with no sex predilection, at advanced stage (III or IV), with frequent relapses and a high incidence of tumoral genetic abnormalities including trisomies 3 and 18 and gain of 7q. Pediatric NMZL, however, is a rare but distinct variant of NMZL with characteristic features including male predominance, asymptomatic and localized (stage I) disease, low relapse rates with excellent outcomes, and a lower incidence of essentially similar genetic aberrations compared to adult NMZL. Here we describe a unique case of childhood NMZL with unusual clinicopathologic features for the pediatric variant including generalized lymphadenopathy, high-stage disease with persistence after therapy, unusual immunophenotype (CD5, CD23, and BCL6 positive), and unique chromosomal abnormalities including monosomy 20 and add(10)(p11.2).

Arribas AJ, Rinaldi A, Mensah AA, et al.
DNA methylation profiling identifies two splenic marginal zone lymphoma subgroups with different clinical and genetic features.
Blood. 2015; 125(12):1922-31 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Splenic marginal zone lymphoma is a rare lymphoma. Loss of 7q31 and somatic mutations affecting the NOTCH2 and KLF2 genes are the commonest genomic aberrations. Epigenetic changes can be pharmacologically reverted; therefore, identification of groups of patients with specific epigenomic alterations might have therapeutic relevance. Here we integrated genome-wide DNA-promoter methylation profiling with gene expression profiling, and clinical and biological variables. An unsupervised clustering analysis of a test series of 98 samples identified 2 clusters with different degrees of promoter methylation. The cluster comprising samples with higher-promoter methylation (High-M) had a poorer overall survival compared with the lower (Low-M) cluster. The prognostic relevance of the High-M phenotype was confirmed in an independent validation set of 36 patients. In the whole series, the High-M phenotype was associated with IGHV1-02 usage, mutations of NOTCH2 gene, 7q31-32 loss, and histologic transformation. In the High-M set, a number of tumor-suppressor genes were methylated and repressed. PRC2 subunit genes and several prosurvival lymphoma genes were unmethylated and overexpressed. A model based on the methylation of 3 genes (CACNB2, HTRA1, KLF4) identified a poorer-outcome patient subset. Exposure of splenic marginal zone lymphoma cell lines to a demethylating agent caused partial reversion of the High-M phenotype and inhibition of proliferation.

Vijai J, Wang Z, Berndt SI, et al.
A genome-wide association study of marginal zone lymphoma shows association to the HLA region.
Nat Commun. 2015; 6:5751 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Marginal zone lymphoma (MZL) is the third most common subtype of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Here we perform a two-stage GWAS of 1,281 MZL cases and 7,127 controls of European ancestry and identify two independent loci near BTNL2 (rs9461741, P=3.95 × 10(-15)) and HLA-B (rs2922994, P=2.43 × 10(-9)) in the HLA region significantly associated with MZL risk. This is the first evidence that genetic variation in the major histocompatibility complex influences MZL susceptibility.

Ishizuka ET, Kanda A, Kase S, et al.
Involvement of the receptor-associated prorenin system in the pathogenesis of human conjunctival lymphoma.
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014; 56(1):74-80 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: Extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma (EMZL) is the most common subtype of conjunctival lymphoma, though its molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis are largely unknown. We attempted to explore the association of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) and (pro)renin receptor ([P]RR) in the pathogenesis of conjunctival lymphoma.
METHODS: Surgically removed conjunctiva EMZL samples were used for gene expression, and immunohistochemical and immunofluorescence analyses of (P)RR and RAS components. Human B-lymphoblast IM-9 cells were treated with prorenin or angiotensin II (Ang II), and gene expression levels were analyzed using real-time quantitative PCR (qPCR). In addition, immunofluorescence analysis of EMZL samples was used to evaluate the in vivo expression of those components.
RESULTS: Gene expression and immunohistochemical analyses revealed the expression of RAS components, including (P)RR and angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R), in EMZL tissues. Double-labeling analyses demonstrated that (P)RR and AT1R were detected in cells positive for CD20, a marker for B-cells, where they colocalized with prorenin and angiotensinogen, respectively. Prorenin stimulation of human B-lymphoblast IM-9 cells increased mRNA expression levels of fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF2), while angiotensin II treatment upregulated the expression levels of basigin (BSG), matrix metallopeptidase (MMP)2, 9, and 14, which were abolished by (P)RR and AT1R blockades, respectively. Immunofluorescence analyses of clinical samples showed colocalizations of (P)RR and AT1R with the products of these upregulated genes.
CONCLUSIONS: The present study suggests that activation of (P)RR and AT1R is associated with the pathogenesis of conjunctival EMZL by stimulating the production of FGF2 and MMPs.

Clipson A, Wang M, de Leval L, et al.
KLF2 mutation is the most frequent somatic change in splenic marginal zone lymphoma and identifies a subset with distinct genotype.
Leukemia. 2015; 29(5):1177-85 [PubMed] Related Publications
To characterise the genetics of splenic marginal zone lymphoma (SMZL), we performed whole exome sequencing of 16 cases and identified novel recurrent inactivating mutations in Kruppel-like factor 2 (KLF2), a gene whose deficiency was previously shown to cause splenic marginal zone hyperplasia in mice. KLF2 mutation was found in 40 (42%) of 96 SMZLs, but rarely in other B-cell lymphomas. The majority of KLF2 mutations were frameshift indels or nonsense changes, with missense mutations clustered in the C-terminal zinc finger domains. Functional assays showed that these mutations inactivated the ability of KLF2 to suppress NF-κB activation by TLR, BCR, BAFFR and TNFR signalling. Further extensive investigations revealed common and distinct genetic changes between SMZL with and without KLF2 mutation. IGHV1-2 rearrangement and 7q deletion were primarily seen in SMZL with KLF2 mutation, while MYD88 and TP53 mutations were nearly exclusively found in those without KLF2 mutation. NOTCH2, TRAF3, TNFAIP3 and CARD11 mutations were observed in SMZL both with and without KLF2 mutation. Taken together, KLF2 mutation is the most common genetic change in SMZL and identifies a subset with a distinct genotype characterised by multi-genetic changes. These different genetic changes may deregulate various signalling pathways and generate cooperative oncogenic properties, thereby contributing to lymphomagenesis.

Liao F, Hsu YC, Kuo SH, et al.
Genetic polymorphisms and tissue expression of interleukin-22 associated with risk and therapeutic response of gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue lymphoma.
Blood Cancer J. 2014; 4:eXX [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Chronic Helicobacter pylori-stimulated immune reactions determine the pathogenesis of gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma. We aimed to explore the genetic predisposition to this lymphoma and its clinical implication. A total of 68 patients and 140 unrelated controls were genotyped for 84 single-nucleotide polymorphisms in genes encoding cytokines, chemokines and related receptors that play important roles in T cell-mediated gastrointestinal immunity. Five genotypes in IL-22, namely CC at rs1179246, CC at rs2227485, AA at rs4913428, AA at rs1026788 and TT at rs7314777, were associated with disease susceptibility. The former four genotypes resided in the same linkage disequilibrium block (r(2)=0.99) that conferred an approximately threefold higher risk. In vitro experiments demonstrated that co-culturing peripheral mononuclear cells or CD4(+) T cells with H. pylori stimulated the secretion of interleukin-22 (IL-22), and that IL-22 induced the expression of antimicrobial proteins, RegIIIα and lipocalin-2, in gastric epithelial cells. Furthermore, patients with gastric tissue expressing IL-22 were more likely to respond to H. pylori eradication (14/22 vs 4/19, P<0.006). We conclude that susceptibility of gastric MALT lymphoma is influenced by genetic polymorphisms in IL-22, the product of which is involved in mucosal immunity against H. pylori and associated with tumor response to H. pylori eradication.

Li K, Johnson RL, Li S, et al.
Nodal involvement by marginal zone B-cell lymphoma harboring t(14;22)(q32;q11) involving immunoglobulin heavy chain and light chain lambda as the sole karyotypically recognizable abnormality in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus.
Int J Clin Exp Pathol. 2014; 7(8):5221-31 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Recurrent non-random balanced chromosomal translocation, usually involving the immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgH) gene or an immunoglobulin light chain gene and a proto-oncogene, which results in the overexpression of the latter under the control of an enhancer or promoter of the former, is a hallmark of many types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) of B-cell origin. However, translocations between IgH and the immunoglobulin (Ig) light chain lambda gene (IgL), namely, a t(14;22)(q32;q11), have rarely been described in B-cell NHL. Herein we report the first case of marginal zone B-cell lymphoma harboring a t(14;22)(q32;q11) as its sole genetic abnormality in a patient with a 12-year history of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Other interesting findings of this case include: 1) the neoplastic B-cells lack expression of both surface and cytoplasmic Ig light chain as revealed by flow cytometry and 2) monoclonal rearrangement of Ig light chain kappa (IgK) only due to k-deleting element (kde) recombination event. This case illustrates the necessity of utilizing a multi-modality approach in the diagnosis of B-cell NHL.

Lee MJ, Min BJ, Choung HK, et al.
Genome-wide DNA methylation profiles according to Chlamydophila psittaci infection and the response to doxycycline treatment in ocular adnexal lymphoma.
Mol Vis. 2014; 20:1037-47 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
PURPOSE: To compare genome-wide DNA methylation profiles according to Chlamydophila psittaci (Cp) infection status and the response to doxycycline treatment in Korean patients with ocular adnexal extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma (EMZL).
METHODS: Twelve ocular adnexal EMZL cases were classified into two groups (six Cp-positive cases and six Cp-negative cases). Among the 12 cases, eight were treated with doxycycline as first-line therapy, and they were divided into two groups according to their response to the treatment (four doxy-responders and four doxy-nonresponders). The differences in the DNA methylation states of 27,578 methylation sites in 14,000 genes were evaluated using Illumina bead assay technology. We also validated the top-ranking differentially methylated genes (DMGs) with bisulfite direct sequencing or pyrosequencing.
RESULTS: The Infinium methylation chip assay revealed 180 DMGs in the Cp-positive group (74 hypermethylated genes and 106 hypomethylated genes) compared to the Cp-negative group. Among the 180 DMGs, DUSP22, which had two significantly hypomethylated loci, was validated, and the correlation was significant for one CpG site (Spearman coefficient=0.6478, p=0.0262). Regarding the response to doxycycline treatment, a total of 778 DMGs were revealed (389 hypermethylated genes and 336 hypomethylated genes in the doxy-responder group). In a subsequent replication study for representative hypomethylated (IRAK1) and hypermethylated (CXCL6) genes, the correlation between the bead chip analysis and pyrosequencing was significant (Spearman coefficient=0.8961 and 0.7619, respectively, p<0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Ocular adnexal EMZL showed distinct methylation patterns according to Cp infection and the response to doxycycline treatment in this genome-wide methylation study. Among the candidate genes, DUSP22 has a methylation status that was likely attributable to Cp infection. Our data also suggest that the methylation statuses of IRAK1 and CXCL6 may reflect the response to doxycycline treatment.

Lima KS, Albuquerque W, Arantes VN, et al.
Helicobacter pylori and t(11;18)(q21;q21) translocation in gastric malt lymphoma.
Arq Gastroenterol. 2014 Apr-Jun; 51(2):84-9 [PubMed] Related Publications
CONTEXT: Gastric mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT) lymphoma is clearly associated with Helicobacter pylori gastritis and can be cured with anti- H pylori therapy alone. The presence of t(11;18)(q21;q21) translocation is thought to predict a lower response rate to anti- H pylori treatment.
OBJECTIVES: To study the presence of t(11;18)(q21;q21) genetic translocation and its clinical impact in low-grade gastric MALT lymphoma Brazilian patients.
METHODS: A consecutive series of eight patients with gastric MALT lymphoma were submitted to gastroscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, histopathological examination, H pylori search and RT-PCR-based methodology. All patients received anti-H pylori treatment. Eradicated patients were followed-up every 3-6 months for 2 years.
RESULTS: Eight patients were studied. All patients had tumor involvement restricted to the mucosa or submucosa and seven patients had low-grade gastric MALT lymphoma. All infected patients achieved H pylori eradication. Histological tumor regression was observed in 5/7 (71%) of the low-grade gastric MALT lymphoma patients. The presence of t(11;18)(q21;q21) translocation was found in 4 (57%) of these patients; among them only two had histological tumor regression following H pylori eradication.
CONCLUSIONS: RT-PCR is a feasible and efficient method to detect t(11;18)(q21;q21) translocation, being carried out in routine molecular biology laboratories. The early detection of such translocation can be very helpful for better targeting the therapy to be applied to gastric MALT lymphoma patients.

Kinoshita S, Kase S, Ando R, et al.
Expression of vascular endothelial growth factor in human ocular adnexal lymphoma.
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014; 55(6):3461-7 [PubMed] Related Publications
PURPOSE: To examine the expression of VEGF in extranodal marginal zone B-cell lymphoma (EMZL) and reactive lymphoid hyperplasia (RLH) of human ocular adnexa, and analyze the correlation with the intratumoral microvessel density (MVD).
METHODS: Twenty-two EMZL and 16 RLH tissues were examined in this study. Paraformaldehyde-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue sections were processed for immunohistochemistry with antibodies against VEGF and CD20. Vascular endothelial growth factor expression was analyzed using the ELISA and RT-PCR in the EMZL tissues. Microvessel density was determined based on the immunoreactivity for anti-CD34 antibody.
RESULTS: Vascular endothelial growth factor immunoreactivity was detected in the cytoplasm of lymphoid cells in EMZL and RLH. ELISA and RT-PCR confirmed VEGF protein and mRNA expressions in the EMZL tissue, respectively. Vascular endothelial growth factor-immunopositive rate in B-cells was significantly higher in 12 conjunctival EMZLs than four RLHs (P < 0.01) and 10 orbital EMZLs than 12 RLHs (P < 0.05). The MVD showed a significant positive correlation with the VEGF-immunopositive rate in conjunctival and orbital EMZLs.
CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrated increased VEGF expression in human conjunctival and orbital EMZL compared with that in RLH, suggesting that VEGF plays a significant role in the pathogenesis and tumor angiogenesis of ocular adnexal lymphoma.

Baliakas P, Strefford JC, Bikos V, et al.
Splenic marginal-zone lymphoma: ontogeny and genetics.
Leuk Lymphoma. 2015; 56(2):301-10 [PubMed] Related Publications
Splenic marginal-zone lymphoma (SMZL) is a rare tumor that has recently emerged as a prototype for how the interplay between genetics and environment shapes the natural history of lymphomas. Indeed, the recent identification of molecular immunogenetic subgroups within SMZL may prove to be relevant not only for the sub-classification of the disease but also for improved understanding of the underlying biology. In contrast to other B-cell lymphomas, SMZL lacks a characteristic genetic lesion, although the majority of cases harbor genomic aberrations, as recently revealed by high-throughput studies that identified recurrent genetic aberrations, several in pathways related to marginal-zone differentiation and B-cell signaling. Here we provide an overview of recent research into the molecular and cellular biology of SMZL and related disorders, with special emphasis on immunogenetics and genomic aberrations, and discuss the value of molecular and cellular markers for the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of these entities.

Kempf W, Kazakov DV, Buechner SA, et al.
Primary cutaneous marginal zone lymphoma in children: a report of 3 cases and review of the literature.
Am J Dermatopathol. 2014; 36(8):661-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
: Primary cutaneous marginal zone lymphoma (PCMZL) is one of the most common cutaneous B-cell lymphomas. It affects mostly patients in their fourth decade and manifests with multifocal nodules mostly on the arms and upper trunk in more than half of the patients. PCMZL is, however, rare in children and adolescents, with only 20 cases reported in patients aged 20 and younger. The authors present 3 cases of PCMZL in teenagers. The patients were 2 girls aged 18 and 13 and a 17-year-old boy. Two patients presented with multiple lesions involving various anatomic sites, whereas in 1 patient, 2 small closely opposed papules on the abdomen were seen. Histopathologically, the characteristic appearance of PCMZL was found in 3 of 4 specimens, with nodular infiltrates composed of small lymphocytes in the interfollicular compartment, reactive germinal centers, and plasma cells in small clusters mainly at the periphery of the infiltrates, whereas 1 specimen showed a dense lymphocytic infiltrate with small granulomas. Clonality was demonstrated by monotypic immunoglobulin light chain expression and/or monoclonal rearrangement of the immunoglobulin heavy chain genes. No Borrelia burgdorferi was identified on serology or by polymerase chain reaction in any of the cases. Treatment included excision or administration of antibiotics with complete remission in all the 3 patients indicating that PCMZL in children and young adolescents follows the same indolent course with a tendency for recurrences, but excellent prognosis as in adults. The pertinent literature on PCZL in childhood and adolescence is reviewed.

Abdul-Wahab A, Tang SY, Robson A, et al.
Chromosomal anomalies in primary cutaneous follicle center cell lymphoma do not portend a poor prognosis.
J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014; 70(6):1010-20 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: The t(14;18)(q32;q21) chromosomal translocation is found in the majority of nodal follicular lymphomas but only rarely in primary cutaneous follicle center cell lymphomas (PCFCL). Recent studies have postulated that the translocation is more prevalent in PCFCL than previously described and that it might be a molecular prognostic marker.
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of our study was to analyze cases of PCFCL for the presence of a t(14;18) translocation using fluorescence in situ hybridization to detect balanced translocations involving either the BCL2 or MALT1 loci and to correlate the results with growth pattern, immunophenotype, and clinical outcome.
METHOD: In all, 57 patients with PCFCL were extracted from our cutaneous lymphoma database. Retrospective analysis of clinical parameters including lesion type, location, diagnostic stage, lactate dehydrogenase, initial treatment, relapse rate, and survival was performed.
RESULTS: In all, 57 patients with PCFCL were included in this study. We detected 1 BCL2 chromosomal amplification, 4 translocations of BCL2, and 1 IGH/MALT1 translocation.
LIMITATIONS: This was a case series retrospective study.
CONCLUSIONS: PCFCL has an excellent 5-year overall survival (100% disease-specific survival). Chromosomal abnormalities of either BCL2 or MALT1 were detected in 10% of cases but do not correlate with a specific immune pathology or clinical outcome.

Villa N, Redaelli S, Lissoni S, et al.
Lymph node hyperplasia: clonal chromosomal and genomic rearrangements. Report of two new cases and literature review.
Cancer Genet. 2014 Jan-Feb; 207(1-2):12-8 [PubMed] Related Publications
Cytogenetic analysis is not routinely performed on lymph node hyperplasia (LH). We describe clonal chromosomal rearrangements in two unrelated cases of LH. Lymph nodes of both patients showed typical morphologic features of benign follicular hyperplasia. Cytogenetic analysis revealed clonal chromosomal rearrangements in both cases. Patient 1 showed interstitial 14q and 6q mosaic deletions, whereas patient 2 showed a terminal 14q mosaic deletion. Fluorescence in situ hybridization with IGH break-apart probes identified a partial deletion of IGH in both cases, but the loss of the LSI IGH in patient 2 and loss of the LSI IGHV in patient 1 were observed on the morphologically normal chromosome 14. In the latter case, the finding of two morphologically normal chromosomes 14 with the IGHV deletion in one of the chromosomes suggested that the first mutational event was the IGH deletion and the second event was the interstitial deletion of chromosome 14 with the IGH intact. Array comparative genomic hybridization performed on both biopsies confirmed the IGH deletion at mosaic, but not the chromosomal deletion. Patient 1 was re-biopsied after 9 months and a marginal zone lymphoma was diagnosed. The finding of clonal cytogenetic abnormalities in LH highlighted the difficulties in interpretation of results and clinical follow-up.

Gebauer N, Kuba J, Senft A, et al.
MicroRNA-150 Is up-regulated in extranodal marginal zone lymphoma of MALT type.
Cancer Genomics Proteomics. 2014 Jan-Feb; 11(1):51-6 [PubMed] Related Publications
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms promoting malignant transformation from chronic Helicobacter pylori-gastritis to gastric extranodal marginal zone lymphoma (MALT lymphoma) are insufficiently characterized. This follow-up study aimed to validate candidate microRNAs (miRs) in the process of neoplastic transformation.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: MicroRNA expression signatures (n=20) were generated for a total of 60 cases of gastric lesions ranging from Wotherspoon 0-5 employing a quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) approach. Morphological and immunohistochemical characterization of the cohort was supplemented by PCR-based immunoglobulin heavy chain recombination studies.
RESULTS: Quantitative expression of miR-150, miR-142.3p, miR-375 and miR-494 was significantly de-regulated in samples from MALT lymphoma compared to those from gastritis.
CONCLUSION: The previously reported up-regulation of miR-150 in marginal zone lymphoma of MALT type was verified in an independent cohort of lymphoma samples employing a modified methodology. This further substantiates the role of miR-150 as a potential oncomiR in MALT lymphoma.

Takata K, Tanino M, Ennishi D, et al.
Duodenal follicular lymphoma: comprehensive gene expression analysis with insights into pathogenesis.
Cancer Sci. 2014; 105(5):608-15 [PubMed] Free Access to Full Article Related Publications
Follicular lymphoma (FL) of the gastrointestinal tract, particularly duodenal follicular lymphoma (DFL), is a rare variant of FL with indolent clinical behavior, and this disease is included in the 2008 World Health Organization classification system. In contrast to nodal follicular lymphoma (NFL), DFL occurs most frequently in the second part of the duodenum, lacks follicular dendritic cell meshworks and has memory B-cell characteristics. However, its molecular pathogenesis is still unclear. In the present study, we examined 10 DFL, 18 NFL and 10 gastric MALT lymphoma samples using gene expression analysis. Quantitative RT-PCR experiments and immunohistochemical analysis for 72 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues from an independent series, including 32 DFL, 19 gastric MALT lymphoma and 27 NFL samples, were performed for validation of microarray data. Gene expression profiles of the three lymphoma types were compared using 2918 differentially expressed genes (DEG) and results suggested that DFL shares characteristics of MALT lymphoma. Among these DEG, CCL20 and MAdCAM-1 were upregulated in DFL and MALT but downregulated in NFL. In contrast, protocadherin gamma subfamily genes were upregulated in DFL and NFL. Quantitative RT-PCR and immunohistochemical studies demonstrated concordant results. Double immunofluorescence studies revealed that CCL20 and CCR6 were co-expressed in both DFL and MALT. We hypothesize that increased expression of CCL20 and MAdCAM-1 and co-expression of CCL20 and CCR6 may play an important role in tumorigenesis.

Borie R, Antoine M, Cadranel J, Wislez M
[Pulmonary malt lymphoma].
Bull Cancer. 2014; 101(2):195-202 [PubMed] Related Publications
This review will describe the current knowledge in the pathophysiology, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of pulmonary MALT (Mucosa Associated Lymphoid Tissue) lymphoma. Pulmonary MALT lymphomas are low-grade B cell lymphoma and are the most frequent lymphomas arising from the lung. Tumour cells arise from mucosa associated lymphoid tissue. Unlike other sites, no pathogen has been associated with pulmonary location of MALT lymphoma. However addictive translocations involving the MALT1 gene are frequently evidenced Patients are frequently asymptomatic and present with a chronic alveolar opacity. Diagnosis requires histology that may be retrieved by minimally invasive procedures during bronchial endoscopy or by CT scan guided percutaneous biopsies. Prognosis is good and treatment may vary with abstention, surgery, radiotherapy, immunotherapy or chemotherapy.

Recurrent Structural Abnormalities

Selected list of common recurrent structural abnormalities

Abnormality Type Gene(s)
t(1;14)(p22;q32) in MALT B cell lymphomaTranslocationBCL10 (1p22)
t(11;18)(q21;q21) MALT1-API2 in MALT lymphomasTranslocationMALT1 (18q21)BIRC3 (11q22.2)

This is a highly selective list aiming to capture structural abnormalies which are frequesnt and/or significant in relation to diagnosis, prognosis, and/or characterising specific cancers. For a much more extensive list see the Mitelman Database of Chromosome Aberrations and Gene Fusions in Cancer.

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